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Policy Update - September 19

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

Release: FDA's Revised Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms Responsive to NSAC's Concerns
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued revised proposed regulations aimed at ensuring a safe food supply under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FDA is inviting a new round of public comments to respond to its revised language on several key provisions with significant implications for farmers and food businesses...

 
CONGRESSIONAL NEWS
 
Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels Through December 11
On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders"....
 
House Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing on Soil Health
On Thursday, September 18, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled, “The Benefits of Promoting Soil Health in Agriculture and Rural America,” to examine the steps that farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state and local  government agencies, and non-governmental organizations are taking to improve soil health on farms...
 

USDA NEWS
 
Conservation Innovation Grant Recipients Announced
On Monday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 47 new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards, totaling $15.7 million.  Recipients include universities, soil and water conservation districts, tribal organizations, resource conservation and development councils...
 
Funding Now Available for Farmer Risk Management Education
Four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers jointly issued this year’s Requests for Applications (RFA) for their competitive grants program that provides funding for farmer-based risk management education, outreach and training. This program provides funding for projects led by cooperative extension, non-profit and other private organizations…

New GE Corn and Soybean Varieties Approved
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved three new genetically engineered (GE) crops for commercial sale in a Final
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Record of Decision published on the agency’s website...


$68 Million in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Announced
On Thursday, September 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $68 million investment in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the country through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)....

 
OTHER NEWS
 
Pesticides in U.S. Waters Remain High for Both Agriculture and Urban Use
A recently published study by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sheds light on how pesticide applications on land are impacting aquatic life in the nation’s rivers and streams.  The study compares pesticide concentrations across two decades to note trends in the temporal and geographic...
 

Farm Aid 2014: Making Policy Connections on North Carolina Farms
On Friday, September 12, 2014, several NSAC staff members toured several farms in and around Raleigh, North Carolina hosted by Farm Aid (an NSAC member) ahead of their 2014 Farm Aid Benefit Concert.  The 2014 Farm Aid concert also featured…

Potluck News

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Protect Workers from Pesticide Exposure
    Comment on the EPA’s proposed Worker Protection Standard changes before the deadline. Read more. >
  • Nominate Yourself for BFRDP's Review Panel
    Represent our region’s interests in this competitive process.  Read more. >
  • New England Food Policy Report
    Read the recently released report, a collaboration of NESAWG, American Farmland Trust and the Conservation Law Foundation. Read more. >

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Map of the Month: Factory Farms

Food & Water Watch created this interactive map to illustrate something that people in rural America have known for a long time: factory farms farms have grown in number, and these facilities are over- whelming some regions of the country, including parts of our region.

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